Charleston County roads and bridges in need of improvement

FILE

Each mile of the state’s crumbling roadways gets less money per mile than other states in the country spend on their roads.

AAA Carolinas says Charleston County is the worst county in the state for collisions and has some of the worst bridges.

Governor Nikki Haley says she has a plan to improve the roads, but refuses to disclose details until January, after the next election.

At a press conference Tuesday morning the South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman was highly critical of her refusal to disclose details.

Governor Haley’s spokesman Doug Mayer said, “The $1 billion infrastructure plan Governor Haley signed into law last year is doing big things for our state – helping us announce nearly 57,000 new jobs, including more than 7,400 in the Charleston region alone. Raising taxes, legalizing gambling, and secretly increasing fees simply aren’t the kinds of ideas South Carolinians deserve, and why the governor will continue advocating for revenue neutral solutions that will get the job done without hurting our growing economy.”

AAA Carolinas says Charleston has six of the worst bridges on their top 20 list.

The Ashley River bridge near the round Holiday Inn has traffic of about 204,000 drivers every day and it’s labeled as “structurally deficient” and “functionally obsolete.”

That bridge has been on the top 20 list for at least a few years and lawmakers go round and round about how to improve the deteriorating situation, which is expected to worsen with a growing population.

“We don’t need a new report to tell us how bad the roads are in South Carolina because we all have to drive them every day,” South Carolina Democratic Chairman, Jamie Harrison said.

Harrison didn’t offer specifics on how to fix the problem but said infrastructure is outdated and not suitable for drivers.

Harrison puts a lot of blame on roads for why Charleston has a high number of collisions. The number of accidents in the county is 55% higher than the state average.

In 2012, there were more than 12,000 crashes in Charleston.

Collisions in Charleston County account for 11% of all crashes in South Carolina. Statewide, over 600 people died on South Carolina’s non-interstate roads in 2012.

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